Swap Control & Command key in Bootcamp

It’s a bad news to me that I have to use Windows for my work because there is no way that I can use “ArcGIS” on my lovely Mac. So I did install Windows XP (no Vista ever of course) and use VMware to run Windows with my Windows partition in Bootcamp.

Now I face the big problem because I used to my Command + C, Command +V …. but in Windows, Control button is used instead. There is no Keyboard mapping in Windows XP (only available in Vista).

What I did is I swap Command key and Control key by edit some registry by following this How to.

However if you don’t need to mess up with registry, I did put the executable “remap” that you can just download and run it on Windows. After reboot, the key will swap for you automatically

UPDATE: I am testing on vmware fusion 2.0 and it works. More info here

UPDATE2: Now I don’t have any problem swapping keys anymore since I have been using Parallel Desktop 4 . So I totally recommend checking out Parallel Desktop instead of VMware fusion.

remap.reg

  • Kirk

    This is awesome! It works! This is the best resource I’ve found for this annoying issue.

  • Kirk

    This is a great fix for an annoying issue. Here is the code to switch both command keys with the control key and vice versa. Just paste this text into a new Notepad document, save it with whatever name you like, and then double click to execute. Note: you will need to restart the computer for the effect to take place.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
    “Scancode Map”=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,1D,00,5B,E0,1D,E0,5C,E0,5B,E0,1D,00,00,00,00,00

  • I found this little key tweak visual mapper that works on the keyboard scan codes and alters the registry. I was easily able to remap each apple command key to left control and right alt. This way it my bootcamp xp behaves more like osx, and I don’t really have a need for a windows key anyway.

    http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

  • Andrey

    This is all great,

    both fixes, however i lost my ability to type “alt+control+delete” to provoke the task manager in windows, which is rather essential working in an unstable MS environment

    any ideas to reassign the “alt+control+delete” function to other key combination?

  • jkkljklkjlj

    the link now returns a 404, just fyi

  • Thanks jkkljklkjlj, I did fixed the link.

  • eli

    this used to work on my xp bootcamp but it is not working on my windows 7 partition

  • tim

    hey guys, any idea on how to remove the remap.reg registry because it doesn’t work and i don’t really want it if it doesn’t work

  • daniel

    They made it seem so easy…of course it didn’t work.

  • L33t

    to bad xp doesnt get security updates you drone, hope you dont loose your job when you infected the whole workplace with your virus prone computer. its funny to see people who know absolutely nothing about computer rip on vista. go listen to some pop and vote for obama, you main stream ass

  • Guest

    Actually, XP does get security updates. Who’s the dumb one?

  • Guest2

    whoa, some uncalled-for rudeness right here